Alabama DE Jonathan Allen is expected to be selected very high in the 2017 NFL Draft, and Alabama head coach Nick Saban thinks Allen’s draft stock will be much higher because he didn’t leave school early.
Allen elected to stay for his senior year at Alabama despite being ranked as one of the top defensive linemen in the 2016 class. Why?
“You make business decisions based on the information that you have,” Saban said. “And we try to do a really good job with our players here. And I think the fact that he was injured (last year), and it was going to be tough for him to get ready to work out, and based on the grade that he got from the junior committee, he made a good business decision.”
Saban also pointed to the fact that last year’s draft was loaded with defensive linemen, with 14 going in the first two rounds. Given that depth and Allen’s health, he may not have gone as high as he would have liked.
“It was kind of overloaded at (defensive line), heavy at the position. And he made a good decision, and he could be one of the top guys this year at his position.”
Allen is currently ranked as the No. 10 overall prospect in this year’s draft class by CBS Sports, and the No. 2 DE behind Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett.